Jun 2, 2015 - News

Agenda for Tuesday June 2: Downtown Matthews has chicks and beer, wrapped in charm

Hello Tuesday.

I think it’s time for a bridge over the train tracks on Central Ave. I’m no city planner but I’m pretty sure that a mile-long train crawling through a high-traffic area at a snail’s pace and completely shutting down the neighborhood multiple times a day isn’t good for traffic flow. 

That and when I’m hungry and I get stuck on the wrong side of the tracks from my apartment, I completely lose it. Hell hath no fury like me hungry and stuck at a train. All those in favor of my bridge say aye.

VITALS

Today’s Weather: 82. Some showers and storms likely, 60% chance of rain. 
Today’s Stat: $20 million. Annual salary in Cam Newton’s proposed 5-year contract extension.
Today’s Job: Software Developer at KYCK. Apply
Today’s Charlottean: Damian and Jermaine Johnson, twin brothers and No Grease! barbershop owners, for a solid business feature in Bevel.

ORIGINALS

Downtown Matthews has chicks and beer, wrapped in charm
Gi takes us on a photo-heavy tour of the quaint town of Matthews, complete with fuzzy chicks (need), craft beer, intense bike talk and a year-round weekly farmers market. I was literally just trying to explain Matthews to my boyfriend 48 hours ago and could have used this.

4-foot black snake descends from couple’s spice cabinet, eats an egg, acts like this is no big deal
I’m not even really scared of snakes and this will haunt me for life. Laura and Robert watched in stunned horror Sunday afternoon as a large black snake emerged from their spice cabinet and stole an egg off the counter. Watch the now viral video of the egg consumption (viewed 100,000 times on Facebook).

Pregnant in Charlotte (Part 2): Shopping for maternity wear
First of all, I didn’t know maternity shops gave you foam bumps to wear to see how clothes will look as you fill out. Logical and yet surprising. Clay gets the pregnant lady equivalent of Pretty Woman treatment and runs us through the four best places to get clothes for a growing belly.

The University of Untapped Potential
Extending the Blue Line to University City will cause traffic-related headaches through 2017, but don’t freak out. Dana, a lifetime Charlottean and UNCC alum, argues in favor of what the city will gain when students have easier access to the center of activity (and vice versa).

Lessons learned in six months of recycled clothes
I committed to making 2015 a year of purchasing only resale and consigned clothing. Six months in, I’ve learned some things about personal style, the importance of tailoring, and being myself.

Rusty Bucket coming to SouthPark. 11 questions with founder Gary Callicoat.
This 23-location American chain is on its way to Charlotte and Ted thought it might just be an Applebee’s imposter but trusted local midwesterners are FREAKING OUT with excitement. We’ve got the scoop on the food, drinks, child friendliness and why they chose Charlotte.

Charlotte’s June visual arts events – Parties, Parks and Pop-ups!
The City of Charlotte will evaluate whether or not to cut the Arts and Science Council’s $2.9 million budget by 10% on June 8. HappeningsCLT explains the ramifications and introduces 15 visual arts events to keep on your radar this month.

June theatre picks: The Picture of Dorian Gray to Oliver!
Colin offers up 11 excuses to get out of the impending heat and into an air conditioned theatre for some entertainment. Intrigued by the 21 and up disclaimer on Closer, Cougar sounds hilarious and I’m absolutely going to Charlotte Squawks.

TALKING POINTS

Belk College Kickoff tickets on sale today. The first major college football game of the season is in Charlotte on September 3, and it’s a big deal all around. Tar Heels and Gamecocks will be running wild throughout the city. Agenda Briefing.

N.C. mayor currently walking 283 miles to Washington D.C. to raise awareness for rural hospitals. Belhaven mayor Adam O’Neal set out on foot yesterday to protest the closing of the only hospital in his small 1,600-person town near the Outer Banks and protect 283 more on the chopping block nationwide.

NKOTB (New Kids on the Block for the uninitiated) are in town today. TLC is opening, show starts at 7pm and tickets range from $43 to $480. Children of the 80s, keep your Charlotte celeb-spotting radars on high alert.

Go get your Tuesday, and try again to convince me Plaza Midwood doesn’t have the best view of Charlotte.

– Katie

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